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Smithsonian Officially Investigates What It Means To Be 'Cool'

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flashback to a 1940s jazz club. A saxophonist performs on stage wearing his sunglasses at night. "I'm cool," he says, relaxed in t...

First Voice, Our Voice...

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As a Chicano, I love DC, but I do miss living in cities that are predominantly Latino, where art critics and aficionados alike are in closer proximity to the Latino experience and, by virtue, usually better informed, if only by osmosis.

GUESS WHO

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.27.2013 | Arts

Who is the lanky blonde man with a protruding jaw line pictured in this 1980 painting by Derek Boshier? If you're thinking, "Hey, that looks David Bow...

Portrait Of Pakistani Teenager Shot By Taliban Heads To UK Museum

AP | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts

LONDON — A painting of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is going on display alongside British luminaries at the National Portrait G...

Unseen Bob Dylan Portraits Go On Display

AP | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Portraits by Bob Dylan are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter has been exh...

Man Ray Portraits

David Galenson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Growing up in Brooklyn as the son of a Russian immigrant factory worker, Emmanuel Radnitzky stole tubes of paint from a local art supply store, but ha...

After Landing at Heathrow: What to Do Day One?

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

The following suggested itinerary is a mix that includes a dash of royalty, avoiding napping, getting exercise and making all my "nesting" purchases so I can start work (or pleasure) on Day two.

Top Places To Visit, Eat In D.C. For The Inauguration

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.20.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — Whether visitors want to try one of the first family's favorite restaurants, discover a sense of history or escape from the crowd t...

David Lenz: The Egalitarian Realist

John Seed | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
John Seed

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Old Crow Medicine Show At 9:30: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 2

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 08.03.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 1. Old Crow Medicine Show At 9:30 Club Every year that passes the Old Crow Medicine Show slowly increases their fan b...

A Closer Look at the Art of Portraiture (Part Two)

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.30.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The style of contemporary portraiture ranges widely, from smooth, tight realism to flowing, impressionistic and even extending to Pop-influenced work.

PHOTOS: Kate Middleton Goes For Gold!

Posted 07.19.2012 | Style

With the 2012 London Games just weeks away, everyone's getting into the Olympic spirit -- including Kate Middleton. The duchess hit up the National Po...

The Life And Times Of David Wojnarowicz

Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts

"Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz" is paying tribute to the artist, writer and AIDS activist whose name entered headlines in...

A Closer Look at the Art of Portraiture (Part One)

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A portrait artist creates a likeness of a subject but, after that generalization, there aren't too many absolutes in the portraiture field, and even t...

D.C.'s Best Free Film Screenings

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 06.01.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Residents and tourists in the nation's capital know how to take advantage of a museum. The surplus of ways to spend a free afternoon mak...

Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Heidi Kim Thompson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Arts
Heidi Kim Thompson

From candid photographs of the young queen laughing, holding her own umbrella and having a cup of tea, to more radical silkscreens by Warhol, we notice the departure from a traditional, elevated image to that of one more ordinary and down-to-earth.

Portrait Gallery Opens Civil War Portraits

AP | Posted 03.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is opening two new exhibits that retrace the history of the Civil War, including a display o...

WATCH: Oil Giant BP In Sticky Situation With Art World

Posted 12.19.2011 | Arts

BP, the oil mega power infamously known for the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, is continuing their controversial funding of several B...

Smithsonian Hosts 'The Black List' Portraits At National Portrait Gallery

AP | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, Sean Combs and Serena Williams now have a place in the National Portrait Gallery in a new show featuring l...

Lucien Freud's Unfinished Last Work To Go On Display

Posted 11.20.2011 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — The last work by Lucien Freud will be shown for the first time as part of an exhibition in London showcasing the late realist painter'...

Cy Twombly, Stop-Motion And Sir Mick: Highlights This Week

Posted 09.07.2011 | Arts

We've had a week full of ups and downs here at Huffington Post Arts. We were sad to see Artist Cy Twombly go, and a man stole a Picasso in San Francis...

PHOTOS: Mick Jagger Pouts His Way To The National Portrait Gallery

Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts

Colin Jones' 1967 portrait of Sir Mick Jagger, with a confrontational gaze and a military coat à la Sgt. Pepper's, says it all. Jagger and the Rollin...

Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young Honored by National Portrait Gallery

Henry Miller | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Henry Miller

Andrew Young recently received a portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. It was a much-deserved honor for a man whose legacy is one of extraordinary impact.

Royal Wedding Fever - Bespoke Style

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 06.12.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

A vendor at London's Covent Garden Market said to me, "We don't really care about the royal wedding because we have Mother's Day and Easter both around the same time." Not true. The Brits care plenty.

PHOTOS: Ballet Legend Nijinsky's Strange Photography Session With E.O. Hoppé

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

A recently opened exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery features master photographer E.O. Hoppé's modernist portraits of society figures a...